From: Ecological Society of America: grants, jobs, news [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Peter Keller
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Subject: [ECOLOG-L] Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge Seasonal Avian Biotech Positions
Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge Seasonal Avian Biotech Positions May – October, 2011
Nestled in the Upper Tanana Valley of eastern interior Alaska, the Refuge encompasses 700,000 acres of boreal forest, rivers, lakes, wetlands, and mountainous terrain. The Refuge was set aside primarily for its unique waterfowl habitat, and has one of Alaska’s highest densities of nesting waterfowl. Spectacular migrations of tundra and trumpeter swans, and up to
200,000 lesser sandhill cranes, migrate through this corridor each spring and fall. The Refuge also provides habitat for an expanding population of trumpeter swans and for the largest concentration of nesting osprey in Alaska. Raptors such as bald eagles are common nesters along the major rivers and shorelines of larger lakes. Peregrine falcons can be seen as pairs find local cliffs for nesting.
Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge has a comprehensive landbird monitoring program that is consistent with the International Partners in Flight Initiative. This includes maintaining migratory bird arrival dates, participating in the North American Migration Count, Breeding Bird Surveys, Alaska Landbird Monitoring System, raptors surveys, and 2 months of fall migration songbird banding. In addition, we conduct intensive waterfowl pair and brood surveys in summer, a Christmas Bird Count each winter, and the Upper Tanana Bird Festival is hosted by the Refuge in mid-May.
The foothills of the Alaska range are just minutes from Refuge headquarters, offering outstanding opportunities for weekend backpacking explorations, or just a day hike. For raft, canoe, and kayak aficionados, the Fortymile Wild & Scenic River, as well as numerous other rivers and creeks, are well within an hour’s drive, some just minutes away. Working at the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge will allow you to gain valuable experience in many types of biological work, experience the wild and remote character of Alaska, while still being able to come home to a comfortable bed and shower most nights. The Refuge has headquarters in Tok, AK and provides internet access, housing in private cabins, washer/dryer, and common kitchen/living area all for free for the entire season.
Applications accepted through USAJobs website only. Deadline to apply is March 10, 2011. Contact Peter Keller (peter_keller at fws.gov) for more information.
Experienced passerine banders especially encouraged to apply.
Wildlife Biologist, Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge P.O. Box 779, Tok, Alaska 99780 http://tetlin.fws.gov/